Soak Away Stress

Bath_1“A hot bath! I cry, as I sit down in it! Again as I lie flat, a hot bath! How exquisite a pleasure, how luxurious, fervid and flagrant a consolation for the rigors, the austerities, the renunciation of the day.” ~Rose Macaulay

I had a long difficult day this week. Nothing really terrible happened, but I didn’t sleep well the night before, and started the day feeling tired and cranky. Then the car broke down in the rain and I missed an appointment. A work project took way too long and threw off the rest of the day. I stepped on the scale (it went up instead of down), dealt with a nagging injury, felt bad for being inconsistent with this blog and that led to feeling guilty about messiness, and general feelings of frustration and disorganization. You know how these things build up. I went to Target to buy laundry detergent and cleaning things that are absolutely not fun and found a dollar bin item that cheered me up and inspired me to take a time out and put things into perspective. A cute $1.00 bath pillow and appropriately, it looks like a life preserver.

Our downstairs bathroom receives many compliments and mostly I think it is because of the bathtub. We have a wonderful claw foot bathtub. It’s cast iron so the water stays hot for a long time. Visitors see that beautiful deep tub and long for a soak. Never underestimate the restorative powers of a soak in a bathtub. I’m serious. You don’t really want to make everyone around you miserable, do you? Grab a glass of wine or cup of tea and take care of yourself. You don’t need expensive spa products either.

I made myself a cup of Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White tea, lit a dozen tea light candles, turned off the overhead light, and soaked until the frustrations of the day disappeared and I was once again fit company to be around. This cool Overflow Drain Cover from Amazon allows you to fill the tub even deeper.

Anyone can create a spa atmosphere without spending a fortune. First the candles. GLIMMA tea lights from Ikea. A pack of 100 is only $3.99

We need to put the candles in a holder. GLIMMA tea light holder. A pack of 12 is $1.99

Homemade bath salt.
Epsom salts actually aren’t salts, but a compound of magnesium and sulfate. According to the Epsom Site Council, magnesium eases stress, improves sleep and concentration. Soaking in Epsom salts increases levels of magnesium in the body and can reduce inflammation, relieve muscle pain and muscle cramps. And Epsom salts are very inexpensive. A 4 lb. container of Epsom salts was only $3.44 from Target. By comparison, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart all carried Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution at a price of $5.00 for a 2 lb. package.

Pinterest to the rescue! A great recipe using easy-to-find ingredients.

Cinnamon-Nutmeg Facial Mask
One of my favorite facial masks. I always have all these ingredients on hand. It smells wonderful and makes my skin feel so good.

It seems so obvious, but admit it. You forgot how wonderful a long soak in a hot bath could be, didn’t you?




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  1. I can almost feel your frustrations melting away! Thanks for the links too.

    • Ash on February 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about your difficult day. I do miss that tub! I still have yet to take a bath in the new place, even though I now have a functional bathtub! I know it won’t be as nice as a soak in the clawfoot though.

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